Sun Seekers

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The official start of summer is here and Bits of Lace is celebrating it with an exciting in-store event tomorrow featuring an exclusive 15% off swimwear sale, food, drinks, and more! Usually known for their massive selection of fine lingerie, they also stock up on beautiful swimwear in the warmer season.  

This Saturday there will be music by DJ Kilgo, popsicles from King of Pops, burgers from Stars Rooftop & Grill Room, beer from Southend Brewery, and giveaways from Nectar SunglassesAlso, for every $100 you spend in store June 20-24th you will earn 1 entry into a raffle to win an Eres beach bag full of fun surprises valued at $500!  The party is from 1-5pm at 453 W Coleman Blvd in Mt. Pleasant.

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Kawai red patterned one piece swimsuit by Eres $346 from Bits of Lace // Sunglasses $24, sandals by Dirty Laundry $38 from House of Sage // 14k gold Hammered disc post earrings $250 from Gold Creations // Luxe Crescent necklace $68 and Beqa Cuff $145 by Kate Davis

On Amanda: Ivory beaded kimono by Kalypso $129 from 7 Gypsy // Happy yellow piece swimsuit by Eres $509 from Bits of Lace // Sunglasses $24, sandals by Dirty Laundry $38 from House of Sage // Atoll cuff $210 by Kate Davis // 14k gold dome ring $120 from Gold Creations

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location Holy City Sailing 

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Sunset Sail

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Shayne Poncho by Sincerely Mary $92 from House of Sage //  Anguilla custom opal ring $178, Seminyak Crescent necklace $176, Atoll cuff $210 by Kate Davis // 14k gold Hammered disc post earrings $250, 14k gold 5mm band $275, 14k gold hammered stackable ring $260, 14k gold half round band $200 from Gold Creations // Custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman // Sneakers by Bucket Feet $68 from  Shoes on King

On Amanda: Pink Maxi by Astars $143, Alchemist necklace by Heather Kahn Jewelry, $85 from 7 Gypsy

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location Holy City Sailing 

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Boat Life with Holy City Sailing

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Taking a boat ride on the waters of Charleston and the surrounding areas is one of the most serene getaways you can have.  I had the pleasure of experiencing one of my favorite rides to date on the Holy City Sailing sailboat with Captain Stewart.  Specializing in private luxury charters leaving the Bohicket Marina in Kiawah, we had a taste of the good life.  The Captain knows these waters well and took us on a sunset cruise as we took in pristine marshes, deserted islands, and dolphins that jumped out of the water as if they were showing off for us.    The comfortable cabin has 2 beds, a bathroom, mini kitchen, and lounging area with a table to dine on.  I heard Captain Stewart also does overnight stays if you really want to experience life on the water.  The sail was truly magical and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an escape with their loved one or a private party with their best friends.

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White top by Flutter by Dance & Marvel $46 and floral skirt by Flying Tomato $58 from House of Sage // Red bikini top by Eres $520 from Bits of Lace // Python sandals $189 by Taxidermy // Padang Crescent necklace $108, Anguilla custom opal ring $178, Beqa shark tooth cuff $145, Cowrie shell cuff $142 by Kate Davis // 14k Gold hoop earrings $385, 14k gold 5mm band $275, 14k gold hammered stackable ring $260, 14k gold half round band $200 from Gold Creations // Custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman // Amador Sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear $49.95 from Henry & Eva

On Amanda: Riviera Maya Maxi by Raga $123,  White Sands Necklace by Heather Kahn Jewelry $62, Floppy Hat by San Diego Hat Company $62, Flip Flops in Sunkissed by TKEES $50 all from 7 Gypsy

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location Holy City Sailing 

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Vested Interest

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Black vest by Gracia $108 and rose pleated skirt by Le Lis $68 from  Ro Sham Beaux // Gucci satin heels $498 from Trunk Show // Crystal Sharp Wristlet $399 by Ellia Wang represented by Eva Design House // Cage Earrings $259, Ripple Cuff 2” with holes $369, Berry Pattern Ring with London Blue Topaz $349, Ripple Ring $149, Ripple Ring Sky Blue Topaz $349 all by Kristen Baird available at the Gallery at the Grand Bohemian Charleston

Photography by Jonathan Balliet, on location at the Grand Bohemian Charleston

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Pastel Punch

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Blue romper by Mustard Seed $88 from Ro Sham Beaux // Shoes by Alice + Olivia $198 from Shoes on King // Flower Bag in Pink $718 and Pinwheel earrings $78 by Ellia Wang represented by Eva Design House // Honeycomb Wrap Ring $199, Amethyst Engraved Pattern Ring $229, and Bloom Bracelet  $399 all by Kristen Baird available at the Gallery at the Grand Bohemian Charleston

Photography by Jonathan Balliet, on location at the Grand Bohemian Charleston

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Minimal Meets Mineral

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Black cross back maxi dress by Kal Rieman $335 from Rapport // Shoes by Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn $160 from Shoes on King // Sunglasses $18 from House of Sage // Agate Sharp Tote $1,079 by Ellia Wang  from Trunk Show // Triple Chevron Fringe Necklace $569, Ripple cuff with holes $419, Ripple Ring with Green Onyx $399all by Kristen Baird available at the Gallery at the Grand Bohemian Charleston

Photography by Jonathan Balliet, on location at the Grand Bohemian Charleston

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Dandy Does Folly

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We’re bringing you retro cool on those hot summer days with Part 2 of Dandy Boutique’s summer look book shoot in Folly Beach.

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On Abi:  Green Blouse $65, Matching Green Skirt $70 by Kling //  Hello Sunshine Sandals $46 by Loly in the Sky // Fringe Necklace $42 by Tiny Tassle

On Anna:  Yellow Blouse with Blue Collar $78 by Kling, Geometric Daze Pattern Skirt $40 by Everly // Shoes by Loly in the Sky //  Fringe Earrings $18 by Tiny Tassle //  Straw Purse by San Diego Hat Co $68

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Blue Gingham Dress $88.00 and lemon clutch $52 by Kling

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Polka Dot Midi Dress $74 by Kling //  Fringe Earrings $18 by Tiny Tassel // Straw Hat with Black Band $48 by San Diego Hat Co. // Bag $99 by The Charleston Weekender //  Star Wedges $68 by Loly in the Sky

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On Abi: Safari Blouse $44 by Kling //  Winnies Western Blue Skirt $78 by Alice’s Pig // Ivory Hat w/ Band $42 San Diego Hat Co.

On Anna: Safari Dress $72 by Kling // Hat by San Diego Hat Co. // Fringe Earrings $18 by Tiny Tassel

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Black bathing suit with low back $68, Tic Tac Toe Skirt $62, and watermelon purse $52 by Kling // Lady Bug Sneakers $48 by Loly in the Sky // Color Studs $24 by I Crave Jewels // Pink Headband $20 by Ban.do

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Cactus Blouse $48 by Kling // Denim Shorts $40 by She and Sky // Floppy Straw Hat $39 by San Diego Hat Co.

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Photography by Jonathan Balliet, Styling by Andrea Serrano, Makeup by Rebekah Ellie, Hairstylist – Mac Does Hair, Models – Anna Holloway and Abi Rose, on location The Tides Folly Beach, all clothing and accessories from Dandy Boutique 

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Graphic Content

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Dress by Thakoon $299 from Trunk Show // Shoes by Alice & Olivia $295 from Shoes on King // Sunglasses $18 from Dandy Boutique // Ripple Ring with a Half Drilled Pearl $349, Honeycomb Wrap Ring $199, Ripple bangle $179 all by Kristen Baird available at the Gallery at the Grand Bohemian Charleston // Biscuit earrings $78,  Marble Sharp Document Folder $419 by Ellia Wang represented by Eva Design House

Photography by Jonathan Balliet, on location at the Grand Bohemian Charleston

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Geometric Dream

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Bustier top by Mustard Seed $68 and skirt by Gracia $168 from Ro Sham Beaux //  Shoes by Vince Camuto $68, Layer Clutch in Turquoise Ellia Wang $598 from the Trunk Show // Bloom Necklace $2,449, 2 inch Ripple cuff $339, Ripple Ring with a Half Drilled Pearl $349, – Ripple Ring with Amazonite $349 all by Kristen Baird available at the Gallery at the Grand Bohemian Charleston

Photography by Jonathan Balliet, on location at the Grand Bohemian Charleston, art by Daniel Velasco 

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Get to Know HR Deneau

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There’s a crop of young up and coming accessory designers in Charleston and Hanna Rose Varner of HR Deneau is a standout with her minimal meets modern design aesthetic.   I met Hanna a couple of weeks ago on a shoot for Brackish Bow Ties and quickly found out she is one of the skilled artisans that hand makes their feathered men’s accessories. Hanna is playing a crucial part in designing a new top secret product that is slated to come out sometime this summer.   When she’s not toiling away with beautiful feathered creations, she’s hard at work in her studio designing and constructing her sustainable bags.  She utilizes materials and minimizes waist by repurposing scraps of leather and wood to create her designs.

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Her bags cross over from form to function with their everyday, classic qualities and innovative shapes.  From crossbody styles to chic clutches, Hanna draws inspiration from travel and nature that translates into each bag. HRdeneau_SS16_finalcollection_edited-2 HRDeneau_ihda_wobkg

Hanna’s groundbreaking designs and eco-efforts have gained her recent notoriety as a finalist in the 2016 Independent Handbag Designer Awards partnered with In Style.  The finalists from around the globe will be showcasing their bags at a one night affair in New York on June 15th and the winner will be featured in the September issue of In Style.  There’s no doubt the south is gaining recognition for it’s original handmade products, so go out and vote for HR Deneau here, the deadline is June 10th!

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Also, stay tuned for an Instagram giveaway for this clutch and a ring by Naked Eyes next week!

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Rooftop Rendezvous

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Eyelet Swing Shirt by Le Sarte Pettegole $320 from Shirtini // Striped shorts by J. Crew $28 and Mini Flower Bag in Black by Ellia Wang $558 from Trunk Show // Ripple bangles $179 each, Ripple Ring in Black Onyx $349, Bloom Mini Studs $259 by Kristen Baird represented by Eva Design House // Sunglasses from House of Sage // Black leather and cork “Stamp” shoes $199 by Intentionally Blank

Photography by Jonathan Balliet, on location at the Grand Bohemian Charleston

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Dandy’s Cabana Daze

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It’s always a fun retro affair styling the Dandy Boutique look book shoots.  This summer we went to The Tides on Folly Beach for our “staycation” shoot.  It was the perfect backdrop for the pool party meets beach holiday.  The Tides is the only hotel on Folly that is beach front and has a pool, bar, and delish restaurant Blu all on the waterfront.  We were excited that they graciously hosted us for our day of vintage stylings.

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Not only does Dandy stock the cutest retro clothing and accessories at an affordable price, but they also carry pool floats, portable radios, picnic accessories, and everything else you need for a summer party. This year they added swimsuits by Kling and Steady Clothing that are perfect for any body type!

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Swimsuit by Kling, earrings by Tiny Tassel, sunglasses by Lipopsun, radio by SunnyLife, disco drinker: Packed Party

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Swimsuit by Kling, sunglasses by Lipopsun, necklace by Ban.do, watermelon float by by SunnyLife

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Swimsuits by Steady Clothing, sunglasses by Lipopsun, earrings by I Crave Jewels

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Anna wears: Striped Romper by She & Sky, sandals by B.C. Footwear Shoes, earrings by I Crave Jewels and bracelet by Tiny Tassel, sunglasses by Lipopsun

Abi wears: White romper by Everly, shirt by Kling, shoes by Loly in the Sky, earrings Tiny Tassel, sunglasses by Lipopsun

Photography by Jonathan Balliet, Styling by Andrea Serrano, Makeup by Rebekah Ellie, Hairstylist – Mac Does Hair, Models – Anna Holloway and Abi Rose, on location The Tides Folly Beach, all clothing and accessories from Dandy Boutique 

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Southern Visionaries

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Discovering new talent is my passion and at the recent Charleston Fashion Week I met a group of exceptionally talented women from Savannah at the Style Lounge.  Eva Design House which is a showroom/incubator for emerging accessory designers based in Savannah showcased wares from jewelry designer Kristen Baird and bag designer Ellia Wang.  It was refreshing to see original designs and impeccable craftsmanship in the jewelry and handbags.  These SCAD alums represent the modern design movement that is currently happening in the south and it’s very exciting.

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Kristen Baird’s jewelry is both organic and sculptural.  She draws inspiration from nature such as honeycombs, flowers, rain, and waterfalls as well as architecture.  I was first drawn to her designs when I saw it in the Grand Bohemian Charleston gallery shop and styled her jewelry for the cover of Charleston Magazine‘s March issue.  Kristen will be back in Charleston for her Moving Metals” trunk show at the Grand Bohemian Charleston gallery on June 11th where you can meet the artist from 5:30-8pm as well as June 12th from 1-4pm for Second Sunday.

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Combining origami, geometric shapes as well as nature, Ellia Wang’s innovative bags are unique and one of a kind.  She uses her impeccable eye for detail as she handcrafts each bag, a skill that is rare in the age of mass production.  The materials that Ellia uses are of the finest quality from Italian calf leather to minimal gold hardware. The Marble Sharp Wristlet bag featured here is a marble pattern that’s printed on suede. Ellia Wang’s  bags recently got picked up at local retailers the Trunk Show and Maris Dehart, which is slated to open in July.

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Stay tuned for more innovative creations from Kristen Baird and Ellia Wang on my blog!

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Pink vest by Mustard Seed $78 from Ro Sham Beaux // Shirt dress by Xander $460 from Rapport // Shoes by Bettye Muller $295 from Shoes on King // Marble Sharp Wristlet $399 by Ellia Wang // Ripple cuff with holes $419, Ripple Ring with Peru Chalcedony $349, Honeycomb Wrap Ring $199, Amethyst Engraved Pattern Ring $229 by Kristen Baird

Photography by Jonathan Balliet, on location at the Grand Bohemian Charleston

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Shebu Movement

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I’m excited to announce the much anticipated launch of Shebu, ibu’s lower priced collection of clothing, jewelry, and gifts for women.  The cult following of ibu consists of both younger and older women with every economic background.  The younger crowd wants everything in the shop but sometimes can’t afford it.  Now with the new Shebu line there is a great mix of lust-worthy items that are under $195, including the tunic I’m wearing here.  Available online and in the shop, you can support female artisans from around the world while looking global chic.

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Another exciting feature is the new It bag from Taxidermy – the Micro Mackie Tote. The smaller version of the original Mackie Tote still makes a huge statement.  The gold bangles and earrings by Melinda Maria and sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear at Henry & Eva are some of the treasures that you can find in this Mt. Pleasant shop. The stretchy skinny jeans from House of Sage are the softest and most comfortable jeans you’ll own, and for only $58 you can’t got wrong!

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Four Seasons Tunic $160, Live Luxe Bangles in sterling silver with 24k gold plated beads $385, Marabou slippers by Brother Vellies from ibu //  Seraphina Skinny Jeans by Kan Can $58 from House of Sage // Sunglasses by Blue Planet $29.95, earrings $98, bangles $68 each by Melinda Maria, from Henry & Eva // Necklace by Elizabeth & James, 14k gold plated stacked rings $215 by Frieda Rothman from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Micro Mackie Tote in Electric Blue $1,195 by Taxidermy 

 Photography by Clifford Pate, shot on location at The Daffodil Cottages

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Coral Crush

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Romper by Some Days Lovin $88 from House of Sage // 14k gold plated stacked rings $215 and Circular rope ring by Frieda Rothman from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Sunglasses by Blue Planet $49.95, feathered cuff $128, 3pc bangle set $178, bangles $128, 178 and 68 each by Melinda Maria from Henry & Eva // Beaded fringe necklace $325, Coast sandals by Brother Vellies, and Palma bag $685 by Brother Vellies from ibu 

Photography by Clifford Pate, shot on location at The Daffodil Cottages

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Summer Style at Style Dwell

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The Summer Look Book shoot for Style Dwell was a day packed with endless swimwear and warm weather essentials.  Shot at the quaint Daffodil Cottages on Folly Beach, it was the perfect backdrop for for a tropical getaway.  Style Dwell,  stocks some of the best swimwear in town from pretty patterned bikinis to fun one pieces, so you can’t go wrong.  And the swimsuits are just the beginning.  They also carry on trend clothes and accessories including one of my favorite jewelry designers, Ash Hoffman. They’re so worth the trip to James Island to shop, and for the locals it’s so nice to just stay in the hood.

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Swimsuit by Trina Turk, sunglasses by Nectar

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Bikini by Nanette Lepore, kimono by Chaser, bracelets by Ash Hoffman, necklace by Lat & Lo

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Bikini by Trina Turk, body chain by Ash Hoffman

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Swimsuit by Mink Pink bracelets by Ash Hoffman, necklace by Lat & Lo

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Python mini bag by Taxidermy, cuff by Ash Hoffman

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View more to see the full look book!

Models – Chelsea Meissner & Via Patrick, photography by Clifford Pate, Styled by Andrea Serrano, shot on location at The Daffodil Cottages

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Island Life

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Column dress with cowrie embellishment and wrap $925 and beaded sandals by Pikolinos from ibu // Sunglasses by Blue Planet $29.95, bangles $98, $128, $98, and $178, bands $78 each by Melinda Maria, and python clutch by Erika Lynn $300 from Henry & Eva // Lapis, coral, green turquoise, and moonstone “Graham” bangles $78 each and Moonstone “Everett” earrings by Addison Weeks; necklace by Elizabeth & James; Circular roped ring and bricked lapis liner ring by Freida Rothman from Croghan’s Jewel Box

Photography by Clifford Pate, shot on location at The Daffodil Cottages

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Dive In

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Bathing Suit by Acacia $207, Cover-up by L*Space $145, Sunglasses by Wonderland Sun $185 from Las Olas at Freshfields Village // Shoes by Donald J. Pliner from from Holly and Brooks at Freshfields Village // Hat by San Diego Hat Company $79 from 7 Gypsy // Tsavorite “annie” ring $325 and custom birthstone cuff (shown with aquamarine) starts at $295 by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Libby Williams, on location at Andell Inn

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Bedtime Stories

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Eberjey PJ’s $158 from Bits of Lace // Aquamarine beaded “paz” necklace $135 and rings by  Ash Hoffman // Book from Indigo Books at Freshfields Village 

Photography by Libby Williams, on location at Andell Inn

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Everybody Loves the Sunshine


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Naomi cardigan from J McLaughlin $219.90 at Freshfields Village // Lattice detail one piece swimsuit by Becca Swim $128 //  Sterling silver “paz” necklace $125 by Ash Hoffman // Sunglasses by Wonderland and straw hat from Las Olas at Freshfields Village // Floats by Bigmouth from Wonder Works Toys at Freshfields Village

Photography by Libby Williams, on location at Andell Inn

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